MONTESANO — The Bulldogs let a game slip through their fingers, literally, with a high number of turnovers and a poor shooting percentage that let the Beavers of Tenino run away with a league win, 52-33, Friday, Dec. 21.
Early foul trouble for junior post Kenny Roy brought out the bench a little earlier than expected in the first period of the game.
A mini three-point contest broke out in the second quarter as the teams traded back and forth three-point shots matching each other for a run of four field goals in a row. Bulldog Tucker Ibabao started the shooting followed directly by Beaver Dustin Hammond. The next pass by Montesano saw Shad Rogers hit for three, only to be equaled by Justin Conklin of Tenino.
For Montesano, it was the only points they could drop through the net in that quarter. Adding insult to injury a foul at the buzzer gave Tenino Nihls Peterson an opportunity for a pair of free throws, and he made good on both to close out the half.
Montesano —unable to generate double digits going into the half — trailed 27-9 by the end of the second period.
The Bulldogs gained a little traction in the second half and were able to outscore the Beavers by one point. But it was a little too late, as in the final eight minutes Montesano could not make up the ground.
“We just played flat,” said Doug Schupbach, Montesano Coach.
Even with the sour night, the Bulldogs were able to see some spark coming off the bench in the offensive efforts given by Zach Nelson.
Topping all shooters, Beaver Devante Harris dropped in 18 points and went four of five from the foul line. Conklin added another 16 for Tenino.
Leading for the Bulldogs, Layne Bruner had 10 with 11 rebounds; Rogers scored seven.
The Bulldogs are preparing for a trip to the Raymond tournament Dec. 28-29.